Oklahomans for Food, Farm & Family, a coalition of Oklahomans opposed to State Question 777, is hosting Drinks & Dialogue at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave., Oklahoma City.
The event is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the upcoming ballot issue while enjoying offerings from food trucks and beverages from a local Oklahoma City brewery.
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This video focuses on Farming ethics, and the "right to farm" controversy facing Oklahoma.
SQ 777 puts our land, our animals, and our rights to make our own laws at risk.
We can't let the ability to sell our lands to foreign corporations, harm our environment, and protect animal abusers be enshrined in our Constitution.
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As we move into the final few weeks of the 2016 legislative session, we are focused on priority legislation. The state budget bills passed on Thursday and were sent on to Governor Ricketts for his approval.
The so-called “Right to Farm” constitutional amendment is among the priority bills under consideration. Debate on LR378CA began on Wednesday afternoon. This measure is supposedly intended to give constitutional protection to farming and ranching practices.
State Question 777 would do more harm to the environment than help farmers and ranchers and should be defeated by voters in November.
If passed, State Question 777 would prohibit state lawmakers from passing laws that restrict “the right to employ agricultural technology and livestock production without a compelling state interest.”
The proposed constitutional amendment has been dubbed by supporters as the “right to farm” measure. Opponents describe it as the “right to harm” amendment.
State Question 777 will make its way to voters on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot. The bill, HJR 1012, is referred to as the Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment by its supporters. However, many others refer to it as “Right for Factory Farms” or “Right to Harm.”
It is persuasively worded and vaguely constructed, so the proposal implies that agriculture in Oklahoma is in jeopardy, and SQ777 would protect it.
This is absolutely a sham.
Letters to the Editor NewsOK Dec 07, 2015
To the editor:
The Oklahoman was right to call for civility and reason in the debate over State Question 777, the so called “right to farm” amendment (Our Views, Nov. 23). Those of us on the “no” side take that message to heart and we hope supporters of this amendment do as well. I agreed with your point that removing state oversight can lead to more federal regulation and that this should be discussed. The prospect of even more EPA oversight will undoubtedly convince many farmers to vote no on SQ 777. It simply goes too far.
OKLAHOMA CITY – On Tuesday, former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson gathered at the State Capital along with several other members of the Oklahoma Stewardship Council to announce their opposition for State Question 777, titled “The Right to Farm.”
OKLAHOMA CITY — A newly formed coalition announced Tuesday that it is opposing a state question that would enshrine the rights of farmers in the state Constitution.
The Oklahoma Stewardship Council is urging voters to reject State Question 777, called the “Right to Farm” by supporters and “Right to Harm” by critics.
Former state attorney general Drew Edmondson is chairman of group.
Critics of the measure said its passage could lead to increased pollution of air and water and poor treatment of animals.
Letters to the Editor NonDOC Oct 24, 2015
To the editor:
It seems that the supporters of State Question 777 who were quoted in your recent story haven’t actually read the proposed amendment. The fact is that the only thing SQ 777 does is remove Oklahoma voices from determining what our farm policies are.